09.18.17

Senator Burr’s Military Child Care Amendment Included in National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:

“Today, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senator from North Carolina, I understand the wide-range of threats that face our nation and how versatile our military must be to fight them. We cannot stand idly by as Iran, North Korea, Russia, ISIL, Al-Qaeda and others present a threat to the United States. For the previous eight years, our warfighters have been tasked to accomplish an increasingly large range of missions without the necessary resources to do so. Secretary of Defense Mattis and America’s military leaders have consistently stated that sequestration and short-term budgeting hinder their ability to address training and readiness shortfalls.

“The Senate-passed NDAA addresses these issues and contains $358 million in military construction projects for North Carolina installations. It also includes my amendment improving standards for child care centers on military bases.  It brings these centers in-line with standards for other federally funded child care centers and requires background checks for child care providers. Overall, this legislation continues an effort to rebuild our nation’s military and to keep our country safe.

“I look forward to working with Chairman McCain and conferees to ensure they report a bill back to the Senate which ensures our military has the ability now, and in the future, to defend the United States and her interests abroad.”